Some NYC highlights:
The kindness of friends and fellow travelers
The easy loquaciousness of a city of professional talkers
Brilliant people and their sincere enthusiasm to share industry insights
Surprising phosphorescent rubber sculptures by Jeanne Silverthorne at McKee Gallery.
The strange giant figurative sculptures in unexpected media by David Altmejd at Andrea Rosen Gallery
The videos at the Whitney Biennial:
Javier Tellez’ blind people and an elephant,
Omer Fast’s exploration of memory with a soldier’s narrative,
Mika Rottenberg’s chick/chicken coop installation/video, whose video/installation at the Tate Modern last fall was extremely enjoyable as well,
Spike Lee’s When the Levees Broke.
Ellen Harvey‘s Museum of Failure, which expresses her skepticism of art’s capacity in light and mirrors,
Heather Rowe’s Screen for the Rooms Behind,
photographs and shipped glass Fed Ex boxes by Walead Beshty
Cao Guo-Qiang at the Guggenheim. Great use of the space. I loved the discreet installations in the wings, such as the shipwreck of china plates and cups, and the river constructed of yak skin with live snakes.
New York Magazine‘s fantastic graphic design
The International Studio and Curatorial Program‘s great new building in East Williamsburg, and esp. Satoshi Hashimoto for his futile video in which he buries himself in dirt.
Yoko Ono at Galerie Lelong
(A tangent: My mother loved the Beatles. She was introduced to their music by her Adult Education English instructor. She loved John Lennon’s voice, but she was also impressed that regardless of his wealth and fame, he married a Japanese woman. It was proof that anything is possible in America. Little did my mother know about Oko’s influence in Conceptual Art and Fluxus.)
Overpriced food and coffee that tasted like coffee-flavored beverage.
Loads of corporate and secondary market galleries selling historic paintings by white men from the 20th century, as recent as the 1970s.